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Promise VESS A8120

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The Vess A8120 can perform one of three roles on the surveillance network: Management Server, Recording Server or IVA (Intelligent Video Analytics) Server. As a management server, the Vess A8120 can be independent management server which manages over 300 cameras/devices over surveillance network. As a recording server, the Vess A8120 can run users’ preferred recording software and have recorded video data stored within the Vess A8120 or PROMISE storage hardware for future playback.


Vess A8120 is a 1U 4-bay rack mounted hardware solution that enables storage capacity scalable to be easily scaled up using additional storage hardware. PROMISE Vess R3600 and Vess J3600 have been certified and tested with Vess A8120. Vess R3600 and up to 12 Vess J3600 JBODs could add capacity of up to 208 HDDs to a Vess A8120 deployment.

Built for Surveillance

Vess A8120 is the successor of the best selling Vess A6120 Series, recognized in the industry for operating reliability and performance in surveillance projects worldwide. For most of those years, PROMISE has worked closely with major VMS vendors to incorporate storage management features into their software.


Vess A8120 undergoes vigorous security testing, including strict adherence to Secure SDCL, Open Source Security, and NDAA compliance. And if you have any storage related problems the PROMISE tech support team and sales staff is available 24/7 to help workout the issue.


Model: Vess A8120
Form Factor: 1U 19″Rackmount
Number of Bays: 4 (front)
Drive Support: 4 x 3.5″ (hot-swap) + 2 x 2.5″ (internal fixed**)
OS SSD (M.2 or 2.5”): Optional for OS-boot RAID or non-RAID
HDD Type: Enterprise SATA HDD, optional SAS HDD and SSD (Option SAS HDD***)
Processor: Intel Xeon® Gen II Scalable Silver, Optional for Dual CPU
Memory: 16G default; Max.256G (Single CPU) or 512G (Dual CPU)
External Storage Option: iSCSI & NAS
Throughtput: 1000Mbps
NIC Port: 1GbE Lan Ports x 4
10 / 100 / 1000 Management Port x 1
(Optional 10Gbe Ports)

USB Port: USB 3.0 Ports (Front panel) x2
USB 3.0 Ports (I/O panel) x 2
PCI Express Port: PCIe Gen3-16×2 (1 from CPU0, 1 from CPU1)
Graphic Port: D-Sub (VGA onboard) x 1
Serial Port: N/A

RAID Operation

RAID Level: Intel RAID 0,1,5,10
Hot Spare: Supported

Software Highlights

Supported OS: Microsoft® Windows Server 2019
SMARTBOOST™ Technologies: SMARTBOOST™ Storage
Management Tool: BMC Controller AST2500, IPMI Supported / Dedicated GLAN

Physical Information

43.4mm x 430.0mm x 625.0mm
100-127Vac, 200-240Vac, 180-300Vdc
Current (Maximum): 
Redundant 750W for each power
Hot Swap: HDD Module / PSU Module

Temperature Range: Efficiency 80-PLUS Platinum

Warranty and Support
3-years standard warranty, optional extended warranty, and on-site parts replacement program (PROMISE ServicePlus) available.
24/7 PROMISE eSupport Portal (, optional 24/7 phone and email support available.
** 2 x 2.5” (internal fixed) drive can be either OS drive or data drive.
** 2.5” drives and 3.5” drivers cannot be mixed into the same disk array.
*** Needs to use extra of Hardware RAID card